ToyConNJ, a pop culture & collectibles show, found a new location for their 2020 event at the Wayne PAL with nearly 100 vendors specializing in toys of every kind! Held from October 9-11, Veteri Productions made sure that their rescheduled event would not only meet safety expectations but exceed them: a temperature check at the door, limited capacity in the halls, social distancing measures in full effect, and masks were required at all times. So with all of that being said, let’s take a look inside and see what you can expect to see at this amazing show!
Every ToyCon is packed with the best local vendors offering current & vintage collectibles whether it be action figures, LEGO, model kits, comics & art, trading cards, statues, or video games. And with a special Early Bird hour each day, you can be one of the first to score the best deals of the weekend! (Check out the full photo gallery here and the video at the end of this article to see what kind of toys you can find inside!)
What’s great about ToyCon is that it’s an action-packed show for all ages! Everybody loves toys and it’s the perfect event for families to find a little something for everyone. In fact, not only were there kids shopping but there were plenty of cosplayers too. Plus, children 10 and under are free to attend!
Throughout the 3 days, you can expect to find some of the rarest finds today. Especially with retail shops missing out on the latest toy releases or selling out too quickly, I saw a lot of great products available only at ToyCon. Maybe you’re looking for the latest GI Joe Snake Eyes or the new Star Wars Black Series figures… then you’re in luck because even independent retail shops like Pandora’s Box (Lafayette, NJ) and Chubzzy Wubzzy (Little Falls, NJ) were present at ToyCon, offering some amazing collectibles! I mean, look at just one of their sections:
And ToyCon doesn’t just house a plethora of toys that are “new in box” but loose too! And with 3D printers and custom builders like dtour customs or featured vendor Suckadelic who creates clever Chinatown-style “bootlegs”… the possibilities are endless:
These toy customizers will either modify existing figures or start from scratch to create incredible original characters or even massive dioramas! Another standout creator was Ole Jade Jaw Customs who makes custom prop replicas & 6″ scale figures (such as the 6″ carbonite blocks below, including a matching one for The Mandalorian from the hit Disney+ show, and a Baby Yoda bottle opener):
But it doesn’t end there. When it comes to ToyConNJ, we’re talking about Hot Wheels, Transformers, and, of course, Funko Pops… tons and tons of Funko Pops! So many vendors were selling retailer exclusives, con exclusives, international versions, and even Chase variants:
Comic books & art were also popular items this year, giving ToyConNJ a little bit of a “comic con” flair! Artists like Bun Leung and Arash Zandieh of Evolution Comics were selling their prints at the show.
Then we have Nazar Loun who creates incredible 3D collage art utilizing real comic books & toys. But take a look at Canvas Quest who not only makes retro canvas art & video game enamel pins, but merges the ideas to magnetically attach some of his enamel pins to the canvases to create fully customizable scenes:
It just goes to show that the hobby of toy collecting isn’t limited to what you find at Toys R Us anymore (if you even have one near you)! Thanks to great shows like ToyConNJ, creativity has no limits and some of the coolest & most inventive toys can be found within arm’s reach! And on top of all of that, the event felt safe and people were having a good time! So be sure to visit their page for updates on their next show and check out the full photo gallery & video below: